With Grant reaching his 6 month milestone, it means I’ve reached mine as well. When I look in the mirror, I don’t feel like I look much different. I’m not a big scale person, and I very rarely weigh myself. I just know it isn’t telling me the whole story. I had reached my pre-pregnancy weight a while back, but my body was still not quite the same. I was a bit more squishy than I had been for sure.
Here I am one month post partum
And then at four months post partum
Fast forward to today at six months
I definitely can’t tell much of a difference in the last two photos, other than my hips. They have definitely shrunk back down to normal – I can fit into all of my pre-pregnancy clothes, shorts included!!! Yippee!!
I think I have finally made the decision to go for the marathon in November. This past weekend, I was able to get in 15 miles on my long run, and I felt pretty good about it after. I was just under a 9 minute/mile pace. It is still significantly slower than I am used to, but it is also 80+ degrees and a million percent humidity each time I run outside. On days when I am inside on the treadmill, I notice I can go much quicker and I am not fatigued nearly as fast. The heat and humidity is a killer this time of year, especially here in Florida. I am going to give myself a few more weeks before signing up for the race, just so I can get in a 17 or 18 mile run. Once I reach that distance, I should be good to go for 26.2.
I really, really feel that my healthy and consistent eating is a huge factor to getting back to my pre-pregnancy clothes. We eat very healthy meals at home – I just make it a point to not buy crappy food. Usually, when we go out to eat, I tend to get fries or a yummy treat like that. I have noticed in the past few weeks, we have been eating more sweets than normal as well. I would love to cut back on that, as I feel much better without a lot of sugar in my system. Grant has regressed a little in the sleep department, so I am normally up around 3am with him. Fueling my body well makes a big difference in my energy levels later on in the day.
I am feeling great! The older (and bigger) Grant gets, the more and more we thrive as a family of 4 (yes, I’m including Winnie too!). In the beginning, its easy to feel a little locked up in your home. Now that he is a little more resilient and on a really great schedule, it is pretty easy to plan thing around him. This past weekend, we went to a friend’s house for a bbq. We brought the pack n play and set it up in our friends’ bedroom so Grant could get his nap in, and we didn’t have to worry about scooting out for nap time. I know this seems minimal, but it was a big win for us! A sleepy Grant is not a fun Grant, so having this flexibility was amazing. It’s the little victories in life
It has taken a lot of hard work, but I am thrilled to feel much more back to normal – at least, back to our “new normal”